The “great resignation” is here and there is no time to waste. Employers around the country are scrambling to assess how their legacy recruitment models match the current climate of remote and hybrid working.
Benchmark Search is in the trenches alongside our clients, and we have been spending the last 15 months building strategies to help clients find their way through the mire of changing working expectations.
How employers in the accounting and finance sector approach this debate is unique to our field. Unemployment is low, pent-up turnover is on the rise, and the occupational outlook is very positive. This means our market is an exaggerated candidate market. Prospective employees know they are in demand and, generally, only move jobs when the offer meets and exceeds their expectations. Counteroffers are rife, so your offer has to be gold standard.
But with some form of remote working now being one of the primary driving forces of candidates on the job move, clients have to be sensitive to this new working normal. Re-strategizing your hiring model in the wake of COVID-19 should have already happened, but now is the time to establish a remote working approach that fits your business model, your growth plans, and your future.
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Whatever your flexibility means, make a plan to commit to it, and make a plan to meet the demands of the new normal with achievable, long-term changes. Benchmark has had clients retain 90% of their team in the office, others who have started introducing WFH days like sick days or leave days, and others who are completely flexible and happy for employees to make a decision that suits them.
What you need to do is understand what’s right for you, communicate to everyone, and stick to it.
Troy Ashby is the founder and president of Benchmark Search, a Dallas-based firm specializing in direct hire recruiting, executive search, and temporary staffing for accounting and finance professionals. With more than 20 years of professional service experience, including more than a decade with one of the nation’s largest recruiting firms, Ashby established Benchmark Search on the bedrock belief that exceptional people, progressive culture, and an unrelenting devotion to serving clients is the formula for developing deep and transformational relationships. BenchmarkSearchGroup.com.
Benchmark Search Group was founded by a CPA with prior experience in Big 4 public accounting, executive search, and a leader for one of the largest finance and accounting staffing firms in the United States.
With more than 30 years of recruiting and professional services experience, our firm was created with a focus on quality first and making a positive impact for our clients, candidates, and the Dallas - Fort Worth communities.
As a trusted advisor, we believe in establishing and continuing genuine relationships which empowers professionals to further their careers. Our commitment to excellence and integrity, combined with resilience allows our clients to focus on their business while we provide them with highly skilled employees.
Benchmark Search Group specializes in direct hire recruiting, executive search, and temporary staffing for accounting and finance professionals.